Being Green is a luxury

Glass bottles 

Recycled materials 

…are what will save our planet 

but they will cost you.

         Recently I have been paying closer attention to the packaging of things I purchase. Is that juice in the plastic bottle better than the one in the glass? Definitely. But it’s also $2.00 more expensive and has less liquid in it. How is that fair? I can’t balance my balance hunter and my need to be green BECAUSE IT IS NEVER THE BARGAIN.  This glass vs plastic price war doesn’t just stop at the juice aisle. If you are looking for new Tupperware you can buy a plastic set at a fraction of the cost of the glass ones. Now the question I have yet to be able to answer for myself is this- If I use ONE plastic container for 2 years and it prevents other plastic waste, is it worth it? Or do I HAVE to buy the more expensive glass containers in order for my impact to be truly reduced?

       This is a problem I’ve been struggling to balance. How do I make more green choices without breaking my already pay check to paycheck budget?

Here are things I am currently doing-

-stopped buying juice and soda (eliminated a massive amount plastic, but the exception is for special occasions in cans or glass)

-trying to buy produce that’s grown locally (Bananas can travel all over the world before making it to my supermarket in Canada!!)

-using reusable tote bags/refusing plastic bags at all costs

-recycling everything I can/reusing what I can

-started taking paper products home from work to recycle (we don’t have paper pickup at work)

-donating used items instead of throwing them out

-opting for items in zero/little packaging (not buying tomatoes in a plastic container was a big switch for me!!!!)

-carrying a water bottle/thermos

-using up my products before buying new ones (this is mostly makeup and hair care, which has taken some time to get through some of them!!!)

And I’m planning my first zero-waste shopping trip  to my bulk food store in the coming week.

What do you  do to reduce your footprint?

What else can be done?

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One thought on “Being Green is a luxury

  1. Lowcountry Hippie says:

    Buying in glass definitely is more expensive! The packaging costs more, but from my experience the contents is *usually* better quality also.

    One of the bonuses of buying in glass is the free Tupperware. Peanut butter jars, honey jars, etc…I keep all those and use them for leftovers, DIYs, and I even freeze in them.

    Pretty containers (like the pretty green glass Pellegrino water comes in) make excellent bases for home decor projects or Christmas decorations. You can even give them as gifts!

    And speaking of gifts…if you’re ever asked what you’d like for a birthday or other holiday…be honest! I love receiving green gifts, even if it’s a hand-me-down item.

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